You can now power up your Samsung Captivate i897 smartphone with an unofficial ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware. This new update is known as RC 4.1 Android 4.0.3 firmware and you must root your phone to apply this update. Since this is not the official firmware version presence of some minor bugs is guaranteed but it also supports a host of features that we will be taking a look at in a short while.
It is to be noted that this updation process involves rooting of the device and once the device is rooted, the warranty will get void. The only way to restore back the lost warranty is to re-apply the default or stock firmware in your phone.
We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to Samsung Captivate i897 smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other I9000 models or in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.
Let’s take a look at some of the features that come with this new firmware.
- Based on the latest source code from Google
- Complete Google Apps suite
- Presently using Platypus as kernel base
- init.d Support
- Complete Hardware Acceleration,
- Completely working RIL , Audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Calendar sync, Camera, GPS, Wireless tethering, sensors and FM Radio
- Touchscreen works smoothly
- Both Internal & External SD Cards work fine
- Touch to focus
- Panorama mode in camera works
- Face Unlock
- Wired tethering works
- Live OC Support(download NSTools from Market)
- USBOTG Support
- Voodoo Sound and Color
- Deep Idle
- Battery Life extender
Backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will enable you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.
Steps to Update RC 4.1 Android 4.0.3 Firmware in Samsung Galaxy Captivate i897:
Step-1: Download Android 4.0.3 RC 4.1 Package from the Must Have section to your computer and connect your smartphone to the computer via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time. Copy the downloaded zip file to your phone’s SD Card. Make sure not to place the downloaded zip file deep into any sub-folders else the phone wont be able to detect it when required.
Step-2: After copying is over, remove the connected USB Cable and enable USB Debugging Mode in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. Make sure to tick the option of USB Debugging.
Step-3: Enter the device into Recovery mode by pressing Volume Up Key + OK button and holding both press Power button simultaneously. In Recovery mode choose the options of “Wipe data/factory reset” > “Wipe Cache partition” to clear all cache present in the device. Disable all lag fixes if present in your phone else the device might get blocked.
Step-4: Next select “install zip from SD Card” > “choose zip from SD Card” and wait for 6 – 8 minutes for the process to complete. Now select “++++ Go Back ++++” > “reboot system now” option to reboot the phone.
For users Getting Force Close errors:
In case you are getting force close errors then, enter into the device into Recovery Mode and clear all cache from Recovery mode by selecting “Wipe data/factory reset” > “Wipe Cache partition” options. Next select “++++ Go Back ++++” > “reboot system now” option to reboot the phone.
You can restore back all the data that you had previously taken a backup of and also reconfigure the apn settings to access internet and other crucial data. To confirm whether the firmware has been successfully updated or not, navigate to the path Settings >About Phone > Firmware Version where you will discover the firmware version as RC 4.1 Android 4.0.3.
Thus you can easily update your Samsung Captivate i897 smartphone with the latest RC 4.1 Android 4.0.3 firmware by following the steps mentioned above carefully.